Making Meaning

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Helping students see reading as an interactive process that involves reading, thinking, questioning, discussing, rereading, and responding to texts can be challenging. Making Meaning lessons are designed to both deepen teacher understanding of effective instruction and illuminate student thinking about literature to support the development of critical thinkers and life-long lovers of reading.

The Making Meaning program is a classroom-tested K–8 reading curriculum that intentionally combines comprehension strategies with social and emotional learning to create an environment in which students learn to collaborate, agree and disagree respectfully, and take responsibility for their own learning. Carefully selected nonfiction and fiction read-aloud trade books provide a rich, rewarding experience as students experience increasingly complex texts and build their vocabulary.

New Third Edition Available in Spring 2015

Learn about the new edition of Making Meaning. Download the brochure, view our informational webinar, or visit the Learning Hub to view prerelease units from the revised Teacher’s Manual, the new Vocabulary Teaching Guide, and the Student Response Book.

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I love how authentic the lessons and focus strategies are. It’s what good readers, listeners, and community members do in real life.

Monica McCurry, grade 4 teacher

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Support for State Standards

The Making Meaning program’s blend of academic and social development coupled with quality trade books provides opportunities for rigorous instruction, close reading, discussions about texts, and student development that builds across units and grade levels. To correlate your instruction to the goals of the Common Core and other state standards, you can use our correlation tool.

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